Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lilies Blooming on 06.27.11

Tropical Breeze

Blackberry's Snack- named after Diana's (B and D Lilies) pet goat.

Rosella's Dream- bred by Warren Summers

Party Diamond



Yellow Electric-NOT


Gran Paradiso-tetra

Crimson Noble- a Hartle and Gilman lily.

Night Flyer-NOT

Pink Ray - bred by Bill Cramer

Graffity-the correct spelling according to the lily register. (Thanks Connie.)

Tiny Skyline

Tiny Nanny

Kiss Me Kate

Unknown Tango lily.

Blooming in this photo are Tiny Ghost (beside DD), Forever Susan on the upper left, behind her is Dimension, to her right are Lollipop, the short one below them is Ivory Pixie, an unknown yellow tango and Algarve.

Cherry Plum Tree

While looking through some of the photos that I took during the 2011 gardening season, I came across a few photos of my neighbor's tree. She has this tree growing in her front yard. She bought it fifteen years ago when she first moved in her house and she doesn't know its ID. I did a research and thought of sharing it with you, my dear readers.

From the information that I got from the net, Prunus cerasifera (Cherry Plum) has a few cultivars:

'Atropurpurea'aka 'Pissardii' has nearly white flowers and purple foliage.

'Thundercloud' has pink flowers and reddish-purple foliage. The most common variety in commerce.

'Newport' has pink flowers and purple foliage and is hardy to some areas in zone 4.

'Mt. St. Helens', a sport of 'Newport', has pink flowers and purple foliage.

'Krauter Vesuvius', white flowers and a rare variant mainly found in Northern California.

I think her tree is 'Thundercloud'. Please correct me if I am wrong.

My Paperwhites Are Blooming

I purchased a dozen bulbs of Narcissus ziva from a garden center on an impulse. It was in late November. On the morning of December 28th, I saw the first flower opened. I took a sniff and the smell was divine.

Photo taken early this morning .

Photo taken on the morning of December 28th.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lilies From My Friend's Garden

This post is not really season appropriate but during summertime I don't have that much time to blog. Now winter is here, I have the time to go through the photos taken during the 2011 gardening season and make posts about them.

These photos are taken from my friend's garden. She is not into lilies but she grew a few gorgeous ones.

These red Asiatic lilies produced bulbils. The Tiger lily is famous for producing bulbils, the pea-size brown-black things that grow in the leaf axils.

Here is the list of Species and Asiatic lilies compiled by this author.
Lilies With Bulbils.

These bulbils were collected during my visit. I stored them in the fridge for a few months and now they are ready to be planted.

These orange beauties are growing in different locations in her garden. She gave me some bulbs a few years ago. To me, they look like they have strong L. lancifolium (Tiger Lily) genes.

An orange spotted lily.

Yellow LA lilies.

I believe these are Grand Paradiso.

Bonus pics of her Delphiniums...

and a section of her garden.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Late Fall Garden Plantings

During late fall, I was so busy in the garden. This was also the time where I have scored on plants at garden centers. Thanks to the mild climate we are experiencing right now.

Take for instance this Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'. It was bought for a song. It is still small where it is perfect for container culture. Since this was bought late, I hope it will pull through the winter. On my research, I found out that burying the pot is the best for container grown trees. I also bought Acer palmatum 'Oshio Beni' and planted it where the old stump was in the front garden.

In these pots beside the Jap tree were bulbs like tulips, daffodils, chionodoxa and dwarf iris. They need mulch. I hope there are still some for sale at the garden centers.

Only 3 bags got planted. Cheerfulness, Golden Ducat and White Lion. The original plan was the yellows should be planted in the middle. There's no more space for the last 2 bags. 38 bulbs were planted here.

Through the years, I have seen daffodils multiply in my garden whereas the hybrid tulips dwindle. Adding a few varieties every year seem to be my routine. I grow the species tulips, in fact I love those little tulips. Last fall, a friend from Minnesota sent me a bag each of parrot and fringed tulips where they were potted up together in one big container. Hoping for the best in spring because this is my first time to grow bulbs in containers. Hybrid tulips are nice but they don't perennialize.

This space was previously planted with a row of daylilies. I dug and sent them to a fellow gardener in Indiana whom I did a trade a year ago. She stopped by the house to pick up her plants because she was in the area visiting some relatives. We kept in touch eversince.

Another map of my plantings. I can see myself mapping out my garden in the future.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hippeastrum Lima

Purchased as H. La Paz from John Scheepers. This is the first bulb that I have planted from the new bulbs that I have acquired this year and also my first mislabel. I found it with 6 inches growth in the basement and had to plant it right away. I potted it up on the 27th of November and saw the first blossom open on the 19th of December.

Merry Christmas to all garden bloggers from around the globe.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Break From Blogging

Wishing everybody a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Hyacinth 'Blue Jacket'

N. Erlicheer with muscaris.

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